Hundreds of athletes from all over New York traveled to Hicksville this past weekend for the Special Olympics’ Regional Fall Classic.
The Special Olympics has held a tournament for physically and emotionally disabled athletes at Cantiague Park for several years, but for the first time this year, they partnered with the Nassau County Chapter of AHRC, which had been regularly been holding bocce tournaments at Hicksville Firehouse 3.
The Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations hosted the candidates for county comptroller—incumbent George Maragos and challenger Howard Weitzman—in a town forum at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library last week.
Each candidate was granted five minutes of speaking time, followed by a question and answer session with residents in attendance.
Adventureland, one of Long Island’s longest running amusement parks is launching a special Halloween promotion for teens and adults. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting Oct. 15, “Nightmare on the Midway,” makes it frightening debut from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The spooky spectacular was created and designed as a horror-filled Halloween experience for older children and adults. But fear not, the more than 50-year-old park will continue its tradition of presenting family friendly Halloween events during the day such as a pumpkin patch, live age-appropriate performers and face-painting.
It’s been 12 years since the attack on the World Trade Center, but no matter how many years have passed, it is a day that Americans will remember forever. To honor the fallen members of the Hicksville community, as well as the first responders who lost their lives trying to rescue civilians, friends and family of those who were lost on that day gathered together with the Hicksville Fire Department to pay tribute. A special tribute was given to George Howard, ex-captain of the Hicksville Fire Department who was with Emergency Company 5, and Terrence Farrell, ex-chief of the department who was also with Citizens Engine Company 3.
With American pride on full display as a large flag hung over the firehouse as well as a sea of American Flags on the lawn to honor the 411 first responders that were lost in the terrorism attack, the event kicked off with a procession by the New York Metro Pipe Band and the Hicksville Color Guard. Nick Brigandi, Honorary Chief of the Hicksville Fire Department, led the pledge of allegiance followed by Erica Fuentes singing the national anthem.
Taylor, owner and founder of Bish Bash Books, says she was looking for a charity to give to, and sought out local moms to see who would be interested in joining her. Longtime pal Del Pozzo, owner of Del Pozzo Foods, and Dean were all interested in doing the event, initially as a way to get in shape.
The sounds of traditional folk music filled the air as the parking lot of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Hicksville transformed into a makeshift Greek village. The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church has been part of the Hicksville community for over three decades. The church hosts an annual Greek festival that brings together the Greek community from far and wide to celebrate their proud heritage.
The event was held for three days, beginning on Sept. 6. George Pieri, festival chairman, was beaming with pride on the second day of festivities as he oversaw the celebration. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun too,” Pieri explained.
“We are very lucky this year because the weather is beautiful and there is a great turnout.”
Automobile lovers were out in full force at the eighth annual Long Island Cruizin’ For a Cure car show this past Sunday. Over 600 cars, trucks, and motorcycles were on display at the exhibition which was held at the Sears parking lot in HIcksville.
The show is the only one of its kind dedicated to raising funds for awareness, testing and research pertaining to prostate cancer. Winthrop University Hospital provided men with free Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) screening blood tests, to help detect and prevent this affliction. The test measures the level of PSA in the blood. A high level indicates that the patient is more likely to develop prostate cancer. In the past, this show has diagnosed over fifty men with high PSA levels, which led these men to seek out medical care that potentially saved their lives.
When Alexandra Stirakis was looking for a gift for her mother’s 75 birthday, she knew she wanted something different. A friend recommended she go to Shoob studios, which writes customized songs for special occasions.
“It was wonderful, everybody was floored. They thought it was very enjoyable,” Stirakis says. “My mother listens to it every day. It was definitely unusual and she thought the clarity and everything about the song was wonderful.”
Hicksville native Raymond Luisi is the mastermind behind Shoob studios, which creates one of a kind songs for anniversaries, school reunions, weddings, sweet 16s and any other special occasion that deserves to be celebrated. A client will provide Luisi the details of the event or person (like names, dates, physical features) and then pick any genre, such as rock, acoustic, full band or ballad, and the studio will then create a personalized song.
The people of Oyster Bay have spoken, or at least 12 percent of them have, and by a margin of more than two to one they elected to sell 54 acres of Town-owned property in Syosset-Jericho for $32.5 million.
They voted to sell to a consortium of developers led by Simon Property Group, without open bidding that might fetch a higher price. In doing so, they shut out rival developer Taubman Centers Inc., which owns the neighboring 39-acre site and has been lobbying (and suing) for nearly 20 years for permission to build a megamall there.
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